OMAHA, NEBRASKA: The Royals played their third game of the season against the Bethany College Swedes at home on Saturday, November 4. After losing the first quarter 24-10, the Royals were unable to come back to win the game and ended up losing 56-75. The Royals are now 1-2 this season.
The Royals struggled in the first quarter against the Swedes, allowing the Swedes to gain an early 8-0 advantage in the first four minutes of the game. The Swedes built their lead up to 17-1 with three minutes left in the first quarter. The Royals managed to score some points to bring the score to 10-24 by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Royals whittled the Swedes' lead down to 8 points at 20-28 with three minutes left in the half, but the Swedes ended the half with an 8-2 run that gave them a 16-point advantage going into the second half.
In the third quarter, the Royals continued to struggle against the Swedes, allowing the score to get to 30-50 in the first five minutes of the half. By the end of the quarter, the Royals had allowed the Swedes to build their lead up to 22 points at 57-35. The Royals actually won the fourth quarter 21-18, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit from the first three quarters so they lost 56-75.
The Royals shot 38.5% from the field and 78.9% from the free throw line. Grace had 36 rebounds and 10 steals. Junior Darielle Evans led the Royals in scoring with 22 points; she also contributed 7 steals and 5 rebounds. Junior Alyssa Strickland contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Tschida Johnson had 5 points and 9 rebounds. Marisa Brown also contributed 7 points and 5 rebounds. The Swedes' leading scorers were Samirah Miller with 13 points, Lauren Welsch with 12 points, and Marissa Pope with 11 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will host the York College Panthers on Tuesday, November 7, at the Jim Classen Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff